Olive oil is a popular carrier oil renowned for its health benefits and commonly used in the culinary world. But did you know that its myriad benefits also extend to topical application in skincare products? Read on for a breakdown of organic olive oil’s many benefits and uses, and to decide whether it’s right for your beauty line.
Skin Benefits of Organic Olive Oil
Olive oil, especially when cold pressed, contains a wide variety of nutrients including oleic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic and stearic fatty acids in addition to vitamin E. These fatty acids are incredibly moisturizing, making it a wonderful option for dry skin and aging skin that is prone to dryness. Plus, our organic olive oil is cold pressed as quickly as possible after the olives are harvested, ensuring that none of those great nutrients are lost in the manufacturing process.
It is important to note that in general, individuals with blemish-prone, oily, or chaotic skin should skip olive oil based moisturizers as a part of their routine (with some exceptions that we will discuss later). This is because it can be a bit heavy on the skin, potentially making these skin concerns worse. But as long as you reserve this carrier oil for dry skin focused beauty lines, your customers are sure to fall in love with its hydrating benefits.
Olive Oil for Soap Making
Organic olive oil isn’t just for moisturizers—it’s also commonly used in soap making. Our favorite soap varieties that feature olive oil are castile and bastille soap. Castile soap is traditionally made with 100% olive oil, water, and lye, and has a very creamy, gentle lather perfect for sensitive skin.
Alternatively, bastille soap is made with 70% olive oil and a blend of other carrier oils or butters. This soap variety is similarly moisturizing and gentle, but can have a stronger lather depending on the other oils you choose to include.
While olive oil as a moisturizer is not recommended for oily and blemish-prone skin, olive oil based soap is suitable for all skin types, and is well-loved for its ability to cleanse the skin without being too drying.
Oils, Creams, and More
As we mentioned, olive oil is typically used in creams, lotions, and oils intended for dry or aging skin. If you are using it in an oil serum or face or body oil, we recommend blending olive oil with lighter oils such as squalane, rosehip oil, or jojoba oil rather than using it straight. This goes for creams and lotions as well. As always, it is best suited to dry skin, though there are always exceptions depending on your formulation and the other ingredients you choose to include.
If you’d like to use olive oil in a more unconventional way, consider including it as part of a cleansing oil. Because oil bases help draw out the dirt and oil built up on your skin, it’s a great way to remove makeup and give your skin a deep clean. Cleansing oils are also very versatile, as they are generally suitable for all skin types.
Where to Find Cold Pressed, Organic Olive Oil
Here at Essential, we sell premium extra virgin olive oil. Not only is this oil certified organic—it’s cold pressed, meaning it’s packed with as many skin-loving nutrients as possible. Stock up on organic olive oil now and add it to your beauty line for versatile, moisturizing products your customers will love.